Don’t Bother to Knock

This film is a mixture between a love story and a thriller story. A couple have broken up but neither one wants to and a mentally unstable woman baby-sits a child. It all takes place in one place; a hotel [which now makes me want to go to a hotel, I love hotel rooms!].

Marilyn Monroe is fantastic in this movie and it was done early in her career. I don’t know why no one took her seriously, she’s can do drama really well! I knew from the start that her character was mentally unsound, she portrayed it wonderfully. As the character’s mental state deteriorated, Monroe’s acting got better. You can tell so much from her eyes; she does psycho very well, shame she didn’t do it more often.

Monroe’s character is the mental type like James Stewart was in Vertigo, where he sees his love in someone else. However, in Vertigo, it was actually the same person but the way he tried to change the woman into her and was determined… actually, that’s probably a bad example. But anyways, Monroe’s character sees this man and believe he is the man she loved and lost in the sea. She genuinely thinks its him and hates anything that gets in her way. it’s a very good character, its just a shame that they didn’t go into it more, there was so much they could of done.

There really should only of been one storyline, the babysitting/Monroe storyline. There was no need for the couple, especially as it dragged on the introduction to the film and the character’s situations. It just felt unnecessary.

Its not a fantastic film but I’d watch it just for Monroe’s acting so you can all see that she was a great actress, not just the blond bombshell you think she is.

139/212

Kate
xoxo

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Some Like It Hot

3.40pm – I wasn’t supposed to watch this till July but I’m in such a Marilyn Monroe mood. I know I keep saying this but I am sorry if the review I write is crap, I’m really not with it today, somethings not quite right but I’m not sure what… its been a rough 4 or 5 days for my body.

7.48pm – Loved, loved, LOVED this movie! I could easily watch it again right now which has only happened once in my challenge [Cloverfield].

  • Love the super jazzy music at the start! I find its important to have quick music when the credits are at the beginning because then I don’t dread watching the rest of the movie because I’m bored already.
  • The cop car had cops actually on the car and clinging onto it!
  • I know this may sound weird but this is one of the best plots I’ve seen for ‘drag’ because most of the time there’s some lame excuse for the characters to be in drag but with this one, I didn’t roll my eyes once!
  • Tony Curtis has girly eyes anyways, that’s why he’s more convincing than Jack Lemmon. However, I must say that its amazing what a wig and make-up can do! At one point, Curtis just had to put a wig on and he looked [slightly] female!
  • Boys pretending to be girls is a comedy that will never EVER get old for me. “Keep telling yourself you’re a girl.”
  • I think one of the many things that makes this movie so amazing is the chemistry between Curtis and Lemmon. They play best friends perfectly, I completely believed them, they just bounced off one another!
  • The silver dress that we first see in I Wanna Be Loved By You is… quite a dress… only Marilyn Monroe could wear it and not look slutty. I, of course, loved all of Monroe’s costumes in this movie, particularly because they showed off her normal, female figure! There is a shot where Sugar [Monroe] is running down the street and its just the image of glamour; Monroe wearing diamond earrings and a fur wrap with palm trees behind her.
  • I have “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “I’m Through With Love” already on my iTunes before watching this movie! Love those songs!
  • I thought Curtis’ ‘English’ accent was horrible but it actually made it funny! I normally hate poor English accents but I didn’t this time!
  • Quotes that I wrote down: “I’m engaged!” “Who’s the lucky girl?” “I am!”, “The omelet is about to hit the fan” and “I’m a man!” “Well, nobody’s perfect.”
  • This movie is surprisingly violent for a comedy! All the shooting!
  • I thought that it was both lazy and clever that they had Sugar be dumb so that she wouldn’t yell at Joe/Josephine when she found out she’s a he and he’d been lying.
  • Loved this movie, think it may of actually made it into my top 10 favourite movies of all time!

    82/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 2:40 PM  Comments (1)  
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    How to Marry a Millionaire

    10.16pm – This isn’t on the Empire list but its a only 1hr 35min long and I can’t be arsed to watch Its A Wonderful Life after going to a tupperwar party >.<

    2.11am -I really loved this film and not just because of Marilyn Monroe [if you’ve been reading my reviews, you’ll know how much I love her!]. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy and makes me a little sad that they don’t make them like this anymore. There’s just something about this movie that makes the recent romcoms look terrible.

    The first thing we see is a glittery curtain which reveals an orchestra. Now, the little film studies student in me thought “ooo, they must be doing this so as to show the audience that this movie is more like a stage production or a play!”. No, its not. I read on Wikipedia that they shot this 6 minute sequence with a real orchestra just so the audience can go “ooooo, ahhhhh” at CinemaScope’s new four-track magnetic stereophonic sound system and widescreen visuals. Kind of a let down to know that but whatever. Oh, and a little fact for you; this movie was the first to be photographed in CinemaScope wide-screen process!

  • The opening credits have silk and diamond jewelry in the background. It’s a wonderful sight and makes me what to marry a millionaire too!
    We see some lovely, classic shots of New York to a song about the magical city. I loved this part because New York is my favourite city ever, I hope to live there at some point in my life! And dress up like Marilyn Monroe!
  • I adore Marilyn Monroe’s character in this movie. In fact, I love all three of the female roles! Marilyn Monroe plays Pola, Betty Grable plays Loco and Lauren Bacall plays Schatze. They’re all models, Pola and Loco are classic, dumb blond models whereas Schatze is a model with fantastic brains. Pola is ‘blind as a bat’ but hates wearing her glasses as she doesn’t think men will find her attractive if she wore them. By the way, they are the most fabulous pair of glasses I’ve ever seen! They look kind of like Dame Edna Everage’s glasses but more tamed and just fabulous! Wish I could have a pair like them but I don’t think I could pull them off. Anyways, the on-going joke with Pola is that she can hardly see without her glasses and therefore bumps into things all the time and misreads everything. It sounds a bit lame in writing but Monroe has such perfect comical timing that its actually kind of funny. Loco is another ‘dumb blond’ with a very warm heart but she’s different from other models as she loves to eat! She uses her looks to get men to buy her things, especially food. Schatze is the one that plans the whole ‘marry a millionaire’ plot and coaches the girls on what to do. It’s a perfect little group!
  • The clothes! My God, the clothes are beyond stunning! The first thing we see Loco wearing is this gorgeous blue dress and then we have all of Pola’s dresses which are all divine and some of Schatze’s dresses are really beautiful too. Makes me wish we still lived in that era and could wear such beautiful, feminine clothes. You couldn’t get away with that now-a-days, everyone would constantly ask you what special event you were going to, not just going to get the bread and paper. Ooooh, and my favourite dress of the whole movie has to be the iconic, gorgeous pink dress Pola wears for the dinner! Its beyond stunning and I completely fell in love with it! Its…just…gorgeous! I’m in love! Oh, and another thing, there is so much fur in this movie! If you’re all ‘FUR IS MURDER’ and throwing paint at people wearing fur, don’t watch this film. It will only make you mad.
  • I enjoyed the ‘Schatze thinks Brookman is a gas pump jockey when he’s actually a millionaire’ plot point. She judges men by their appearance and because Brookman doesn’t wear typical millionaire clothes, she rejects him every time he calls her. Its kind of predictable that she would eventually fall for him, thinking he’s poor and then be incredibly happy when she finds out his a millionaire. Its predictable but still nice to watch.
  • The girls find their millionaires but they’re all very different; Schatze finds the perfect millionaire, Loco finds the millionaire who hates his wife and all the women in his house and Pola finds a ‘millionaire’ who’s lost an eye. These men all lead to some love. Schatze does fall for her millionaire to some degree as he’s just so lovely, Loco’s millionaire is already married but has a driver who she falls for and Pola is on a plane [the wrong one, mind you!] to see her ‘millionaire’ and meets a man she falls in love with. Its all very sweet. For Pola and Loco, it’s the classic ‘money isn’t everything’ approach as the men they love aren’t exactly rolling in the money but they’re happy none-the-less.
  • There’s a great scene where we see what the three ladies are dreaming about. Schatze is dreaming about cattle, oil and buying loads of diamonds. Pola is dreaming of flying on a private jet to Arabia and then their people giving her jewels. Loco, on the other hand, dreams of a hotdog. I have to admit, its not that great of a joke but I did find myself giggling slightly.
  • There is one scene I didn’t quite understand. Brookman asks to be see a designer’s collection via live models. I don’t know why but he does, I just completely lost the part where he explained why but whatever. Pola, Loco and Schatze are some of the models and they go and strut their stuff. There is one thing I found very interesting which was that the models were not stick thin like today’s models! It was a nice relief and, once again, made me wish we were back in the 1950s.
  • Monroe looks stunning in the plane scene. You think now where people go on airplanes in their pajamas. Monroe [as Pola] looks so sophisticated, like she’s about to meet the president. Anyways, it’s a sweet scene because she meets the guy the three ladies are renting the apartment from [not knowing that he is, though]. She’s reading a book upside down because she hasn’t got her glasses on but wants to appear like she’s smart enough to read a book. He tells her its upside down and they talk about their eye sight and glasses and how Pola doesn’t like to wear them because she thinks she looks ugly in them. The renter guy tells her to put them on so he can judge it. She does and he declares that she’s even more beautiful with the glasses on. To be honest, Monroe would look stunning even if you smothered her face with poo.
  • Loco’s millionaire doesn’t want to be seen with Loco as he’s married. They take the George Washington Bridge so no one he knows will see him. However, as soon as he gets onto the bridge, he’s escorted by police bikes who direct him to a group of press. A man says that he [and Loco] are the 50 millionth car to go across the bridge and they get their photos taken by the paparazzi. Its funnier than I’ve written it, trust me.
  • This movie has one of the best endings ever! Its revealed that Brookman is a millionaire though no one believes him. He pays for the check [they’re having dinner at a ‘greasy spoon’] and pays with a $1000 bill. We see a close-up of the bill and we hear people collapsing. We then see that the three women have fainted as we only see the men in the shot. They raise their beers and make a toast to their wives.
  • There’s a few more notes I made but these were the ones I could be bothered to type at 2.23am. Lovely movie, I would definitely watch it again. If not for the storyline, then for the clothes!!!

    40/212 [OMG 40! How insane!]

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 10:16 PM  Leave a Comment  
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    The Misfits

    I really liked this film but I think that’s purely because I love Marilyn Monroe so much. Its not considered a great movie by some but its special because it’s the last film Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable completed before their sad deaths.

  • Even though colour had been available for over 20 years, this film was shot in black and white. It gives the movie a more classic feel to it, like its archive footage [though it kind of is now, to us].
  • This is a very different character to what we usually saw Monroe as. Of course, there’s still the innocence part but she’s not the dumb blond. She has real depth to her and has such an expressive face that we know exactly what the character is thinking. Her acting isn’t comical for once, it’s rather dramatic and feels real. I’m so jealous of her because even in black and white she’s stunning. However, they use the wonderful technique of soft focus which creates a glowing effect [which I love] because Monroe was in a bad place and came out of rehab halfway through shooting.
  • The script is perfectly written. It made this normal, almost boring scenes and set into something captivating. A lot of the lines are quite spooky considering the deaths of Monroe and Gable and other lines feel very relatable to Monroe’s mental state at the time. Such as “What makes you so sad? You’re the saddest girl I ever met.” “You’re the first man who’s ever said that. I’m usually told how happy I am.” Monroe always put on a brave face for the public but inside she was tearing apart. Another is almost ironic as one of the men say to Monroe’s character “hope your life goes on forever”. The lines are quite sad when compared to what happened.
  • I felt weird about Gay [Gable] and Roslyn’s [Monroe] relationship. I felt the age gap was a bit too big and they looked more like father and daughter. Actually, looked a little bit like grandpa and granddaughter!
  • One of the many things that I love about Monroe is the fact that her body is similar to mine! She reveals in the movie that she is a size 12 [though she looks smaller, I’m an 8 so she must have been smaller!] and we also see her in a bikini and she has wobbly bits! A wobbly tummy! Why oh why can’t we have more women like that in movies! Its so refreshing to see a real woman’s body. It was the first time I watched a movie with a bikini scene and didn’t feel obese or bad that I was eating cookies. She’s not fat, not at all, but she’s real.
  • There is a scene where Roslyn is hitting that ball on a string bat thing. Normally, you’d think a scene like that would be boring but it ended up being pretty exciting! The crowd is going crazy over it because she’s doing so well and shakes her bum as she does it.
  • There are two types of women that we see in movies; the motherly figure and the sex symbol. Strangely enough, Roslyn is both. She’s clearly a sex symbol but she cares for these men like they were her sons.
  • Great drink acting in this movie, really good! Gable, Clift and Wallach were perfect drunks, very realistic.
  • One scene really struck me as being beautifully sad. Roslyn finally cracks after watching the men tie down the wild horses. She runs into the desert and starts screaming at them for being murderers. We never see a close-up of Monroe, we get a long distance shot of her but we can tell how distressed she is through her voice and her body movement. It feels very iconic to me. Normally, you have these close-ups of the actress to see her face filled with emotion but not here. You don’t need it. You have this single shot of Roslyn on her own in the middle of nowhere, shouting at the sky, its incredibly powerful. The way Monroe screams is almost like she’s been holding it in from the moment she became famous, like she’d finally exploded and was screaming everything out in these scripted lines. Its such a sad place, where the ‘inspiration’ came from but it made terrific cinema.
  • I think what makes this movie so impressive is what was going on behind the scenes; the heat was incredibly intense in the northern Nevada desert, the director was a gambling drunk who would be on set either drunk or falling asleep, Monroe’s marriage to the screenwriter was failing and she was drinking and taking prescription drugs and ended up in rehab halfway through filming. Considering all this, they still made a good movie! Imagine how it would have been if they were all sober and happy!
  • I know this was more of a love letter for Monroe [lol] but she kind of made the movie worth watching.

    29/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM  Comments (1)  
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